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CPUT Applied Design invites you to come and see what we've been creating!


Register now and enjoy some design jamming with us!!!


How design savvy are you? Come and test your Design IQ at the Faculty of Informatics and Design's stand at the up coming Design Indaba 2015.


Last week to see the City Desired Exhibition at City Hall! Go!


Maybe you heard about them but never had a chance to go or maybe you've already been to one... or all of them! Either way you should be at this one!

Don't miss the LAST Design Dialogues for 2014 tomorrow at the German Club and it's FREE!


This weekend enjoy some bubbly at the Franschoek Cap Classique and Champagne Fest!


Will we see you tomorrow at the year-end design exhibition & fashion show? Starts 18:30!


Don't miss the year-end design exhibition launching next week Tuesday (25 November) from 18:30 at the Multipurpose Hall and Design Building (CT Campus)


Looking to participate in a fun design project?

A group of Austrian Designers are needing people to come and make faceted paper heads which become a 2 metre high totem on Friday,7 Nov, between 2 and 8 pm.

75 Harrington Street is hosting the Austrian Design Discourse from 7 November – 13 November 2014. This World Design Capital project is a conversation between South African and Austrian Designs.

This exhibition is asking the following: What can Austria learn from South Africa, where can one find inspiration, and how can Austria positively influence the South African design scene without appearing to be there to carry out missionary work?


It has come to that time where our guest lecturer Ezio Manzini will be returning to his home in Milan, Italy.

We will be having a farewell lunch for anyone who wishes to come and say goodbye. Draw will be taking place as usual with Ezio's session starting at 12:00.


11.00 – 11.20: Pierre Alexei (Fashion MTech) mock defense – fashion and gender fluidity

11.20 – 11.45: Laban Bagui (PhD candidate) Participatory presentation and video: “I would like to share at this upcoming DRAW a little video that I will later put on c-san-futures YouTube account. The video is about the trip to the PDC 2014. I believe that the pictures in the video speak of Participatory Design and how it can strengthen a community – in the sense of building resilience by doing something together”.

11.45 – 11.55: Prof M’Rithaa – CPUT/Polimi collaboration overview

12.00 – 1.30: Prof Manzini: The African experience and cultures of resilience. Prof Manzini will be asking some provocative questions, and we are still required to keep our thinking caps on as we participate in this interactive seminar session.

1.30 – 1.35: Bruce Snaddon and Alettia Chisin: Acknowledgements

1.35 – 2.30 Lunch: served with red and white wine and juices.



A group of students, a tigerfish and an important message. Here is their story:


CPUT Marketing Society's "Out of The Box" Highlight event this Saturday!

"Our partners and pioneers of Industry will be be presenting on strategy innovation while facilitating creative thinking workshops in between to give you an OUT THE BOX experience. Join Ross Chowles the Co-Founder of Jupiter drawing Room | Scott Gray the head of Strategy Innovation at Quirk| Di Charton the Managing Director at Red and Yellow School of Advertising.

Join us this Saturday for our Highlight and Final event of 2014 .
The first speaker on Saturday will be the Strategy Commander Aka Head of Innovation at Quirk - Scott Gray. Scott’s presentation will be taking you on a Marketing journey from idea generation to strategy development and ex*****on. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to connect with fellow marketing strategists and learn more about this exciting career path." -CPUTMS


Some snaps from our workshop with Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) SUTD Singapore University of Technology & Design and World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 at the CCDI.

This hands-on workshop is part of PartE, a larger initiative curated by Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Opportunity Lab. PartE is a collaborative research platform which aims to support people to examine and share their experiences of participation in design for social change. Through the collective reflection promoted by PartE – across individuals, cultures and practices – it is hoped that an open dialogue can develop about what people value about participating in design and whether these values are being met as they seek change in the world. The ultimate goal of this dialogue is to promote a revolution in design by supporting the collective development and adoption of genuinely inclusive approaches to decision making for social change.


Don't miss your chance to meet Cape Speed (CPUT Formula Student Team)

You don't want to miss this!!!

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During 2014, join Creative Cape Town for Meet the Makers. Through studio visits, we'll get a glimpse into the processes, spaces and personalities of local creative practitioners, from animators to designers, to architects to photographers.

RSVP to reserve your spot during a studio visit with some of Cape Town's leading creatives.

/// Monday, 15 September ///
• 11am-12pm Hasan Essop and Husain Essop at Lalela Project
• 2pm-3pm Mike Buckland, Triggerfish Animation

/// Tuesday, 16 September ///
10am-11am Marc Bloch, BlackGinger
11am-12pm Graeme Arendse, Chimurenga Mag
1pm-2pm Workshop 17 with James du Plessis of Wolff Architects

/// Wednesday, 17 September ///
• 11:30am -12:30pm Anthony Smith, 2BOP
• 1pm-2pm Jasper Eales Original, Atang Tshikare and Taariq Latiff at The Woodstock Exchange
•2:30-3:30pm Kate Thompson, Recreate

/// Thursday, 18 September ///
• 12pm-1pm Jenny Altschuler, The Cape Town Month of Photography (MOP)
• 1pm-2pm Jimmy Umba Di Umba, Bantu Wear
• 3-4pm Yang Zhao, Beijing Opera

/// Friday, 19 September ///
• 10am-11am Heather Moore, Skinny laMinx
• 11:30-12:30 Brad Baard and team, Cape Town Carnival

To attend, RSVP to [email protected]
Space is limited and booking essential!


DDR Conference


Awesome first day at the DDR Conference!

Keynote speakers included Ezio Manzini and Aslam Levi as well as other speakers presenting on topics such as:
Art and Design Education
Design to Empower
Nano satellite applications towards sustainable social development


10 Awesome Infographics for Graphic Designers

This one's for the Graphic Designers out there! 10 awesome infographics for graphic designers! As a graphic designer, you've probably designed at least a few infographics for your clients – or even for fun. You can create (and sell) infographics for any topic or industry, which means infographics can…


Cultures of Resilience: A seminar hosted by CPUT in collaboration with DESIS

When: 18 September 2014 (12:00 - 17:00)
Where: CCDI Main event space, 2nd floor, Harrington House, Barrack Lane

RSVP to [email protected] by 12 September to book your place!


DDR Conference

This year’s conference provides students with the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience in the form of a student symposium, and to engage with local and international DDR scholars, artists, practitioners and experts as part of the broader event. The symposium will consist of paper presentations and interactive panel discussions focusing on topics relevant for BTech, graduate and postgraduate researchers in design, research and development. The aim is to offer a creative and friendly forum where novice researchers can discuss and help each other with their topics.


Cape Speed (CPUT Formula Student Team)

The Formula Student Roadshow kicked off today at the Bellville Campus. Students and staff had the opportunity to sit in Prins, the formula racing car designed and built by team Cape Speed, who competed in the international Formula Student Competition in the UK earlier this year.

CPUT Vice-Chancellor Dr Prins Nevhutalu also visited the roadshow and had his picture taken in the car, which was named after him.
Cape Town students and staff will too get an opportunity to be photographed with the racing car on 29 September 2014 at the Piazza.


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FREE student conference on Monday 8 September 2014!

Don't for get to register at (You'll find it on the right hand side of the page)

CALLING ALL POSTGRAD STUDENTS: Did you know that you can attend a FREE DDR Student Symposium on 8 September 2014? All you need to do is go to the website and register! Speakers include Andrew Putter and Professor Johannes Cronje! (You'll find it on the right hand side of the page)


DDR Conference

Speaker Profile: Andrew Putter (Artist and Teacher)

Andrew Putter is a Cape Town-based artist and teacher.

He set up and ran the Rondebosch Boys’ High School Design Department from 1996 – 2007, and was a co-writer for the South African National High School Design Curriculum. During the 90′s Putter was a pioneer of collaborative, cross-field cultural events in Cape Town, bringing huge groups of artists and designers from different fields together to make temporary, total culture-environments. One of these experimental events was the Mother City Q***r Project, which he invented in 1994 with architect Andre Vorster, and which continues as a yearly project to this day.

Putter currently works as a consultant to the Cape Town Partnership, where he focuses on how designers and their collaborators communicate across big social divides. He has exhibited on the Venice Biennale, the Havana Bienal and at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington.


DDR Conference

Speaker Profile: Professor Johannes Cronjé

Johannes Cronjé is the Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He started his career as a schoolmaster at Pretoria oys High School, then became a lecturer in communication at Pretoria Technikon, and later a professor of Computers in Education at the University of Pretoria.

He holds two masters degrees and a doctorate from the Unviersity of Pretoria, and was visiting professor at universities in Norway, Finland, Sudan and Ethiopia. He has supervised more than 70 Masters and 38 doctoral students and has published more than 40 academic articles and chapters in books.

He is married to Franci and they have three children and a dog.

Johannes Cronjé was born in Davenport Iowa in 1959 when his parents were there doing more than just studying.

At the age of eight months he persuaded his parents to return to South Africa where he attended an Afrikaans primary school and then Pretoria Boys High School where he matriculated in 1976.

Following this he enrolled at the University of Pretoria where he obtainend the BA majoring in Afrikaans, English and Anthropology, the BA honours as well as a Teachers’ diploma before reporting for military service at the Infantry School, Oudtshoorn. During his second year of national service he completed an MA in Afrikaans literature while serving on the Angolan border.

He then taught English and Afrikaans at Pretoria Boys High until 1986 when he was appointed lecturer in Language Communication at Technikon Pretoria. He taught a student population ranging from secretaries, dental assistants and managers through to engineers and journalists. During this time he was involved in several programmes involving intercultural communication, in both the formal educational sector and in the service industry.

He obtained a Doctorate in Afrikaans Literature in 1990 and then a Masters Degree in Computer-Assisted Education from the University of...


Happy Friday everyone! Don't be afraid to let your inner-kid out once in a while :)


DDR Conference

Speaker Profile: Professor Anthony Staak

Prof Staak is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He is responsible for all academic programmes, academic planning, the teaching and learning support unit, community engagement and the short course unit.

He previously held the position of Dean of Engineering at the Peninsula Technikon. He qualified in engineering at the University of Cape Town and completed further studies in engineering, economics and technology policy at local as well as overseas universities, most notably Oxford University which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

He has a long-standing involvement with higher education in South Africa, having been part of the senior management of both the university and the technikon for many years.

Besides serving as a director on a number of boards, he has also chaired the boards of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC), the Cape Library Consortium (CALICO), and the CTM (the Committee of DVCs of former technikons). He currently chairs the board of TABEISA (Technical and Business Initiative in South Africa) and is chair of the Programme and Qualifications Committee of the South African Technology Network. He has also chaired an HEQC Institutional Audit Committee at a university of technology. He is a member of the Executive Board of the French South African Technology Institute (F’SATI) and had co-chaired this board on occasion.

He has served on various task teams including the DoE Task Team on State Funding for Experiential Learning, the DoE Task Team on the Teaching Development Grant and the CTP Task Team to develop a position paper on the Role and Function of UoTs. Most recently he served on the HESA Task Team on the Post School System, and was previously a member of the Research Strategy Group of HESA (Higher Education South Africa) and the Doctoral...

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